Centennial Scholarships

If you've got the talent and commitment to become an aerospace leader but need financial help, read on!

In 2003, the Royal Aeronautical Society launched the Centennial Scholarship Fund in celebration of one hundred years of flight and to look forward to the next generation of aerospace pioneers and experts in the 21st Century.

Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors of the Fund, representing all areas of membership of the RAeS – from our Corporate Partners large and small, to individual members – the Fund has gone from strength to strength and we have been able to provide support to a number of outstanding students and team initiatives.

Awards include support towards:

  • Final year MEng students
  • Postgraduate tuition fees to enable young people to undertake Master’s programmes such as Air Transport Management and Aerospace Vehicle Design
  • Completion of aerospace-related post-doctorate research projects
  • National programmes to encourage young people’s interest in the aviation industry and aerospace engineering.


These include several named awards:

  • The Robert Blackburn Award - for aerospace engineering study
  • The Alan Snudden Award - for aircraft engineering and safety related study
  • The GP Olley Award - for aerospace medicine study and research
  • The British Aviation Group Scholarships - for air transport, airport planning and infrastructure study

Since the awards began in 2003, over 125 awards have been made with a value of more than £450,000.00

We run one series of applications annually. 

The 2016 Centennial Scholarship is now closed. 

The 2017 Centennial Scholarship is May 31st 2017.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome in late August/early September.

Please note that all references for individual applications must be posted separately to the RAeS Board and Committee Administrator directly by the referee in a sealed, signed envelope, in time for the deadline.

Please refer to the Applicant Guidelines for further details and eligibility criteria.

There are two separate application forms for Centennial applicants: Centennial Scholarships - Individual & Centennial Scholarships - Team.

Please send all original scanned documents electronically to: jessica.tee@aerosociety.com 

Application Pack

Centennial Scholarship Application Form - INDIVIDUAL

Centennial Scholarship Applications - TEAM

Centennial Scholarships - Guidance Notes (updated 15 March 2013)

Centennial Scholarships - ADDENDUM - Guidance Notes for BAG                       Scholarship  Applicants (added 3 May 2013)


Jessica Tee

Board and Committee Administrator 

T: +44 (0)20 7670 4312  | E: jessica.tee@aerosociety.com

British Aviation Group (BAG) Scholarships

The BAG air transport scholarships are now in their second year and offered through the RAeS Centennial Scholarship fund. The British Aviation Group (BAG) is the leading trade association for UK companies involved in the airport and aviation development sectors and is the only association with a membership that covers the full spectrum of airport development expertise in the UK. BAG currently represents over 180 companies all operating in the airport sector, the portfolio of expertise covers strategic planning, financing, master planning, design, construction, equipping, management and operation of airports. BAG’s main objectives are to help these member companies build their business base in the UK, and to succeed in international airport and aviation projects. BAG is a key sectoral group of ADS Group Limited, the UK’s national Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space trade organisation and Careers in Aerospace website partner, but retains a separate membership, brand and programme of activities.

From April 2013, two scholarships annually of a value of £2000.00 each have been made available in 2013 and 2014 as a contribution to tuition fees for students studying courses relating to air transport management and aviation. Applicants should be entering the final year of an undergraduate degree, undertaking a Master’s degree or the final year of a relevant PhD.

Applications for the BAG scholarship are  administered via the same procedures as those for the Centennial Scholarship fund. Applicants should use the Individual Application form and note on the form their wish to be considered for a BAG scholarship. Applicants should also supply the same supporting information which includes two reference letters – to be posted separately and in time for the closing date – and confirmation of their place on the course for which the funding applies (such as an offer letter or confirmation of enrolment letter from the university).

As with all Centennial applications, the closing date for 2016 applications is 31 May 2016.

MSc Aerospace Bursary Scheme

Additional financial support now available for ambitious employees and new graduates

In addition to the Centennial Fund, this £6 million bursary fund launched in 2013 will pay for 500 new graduates and employees to study Masters (MSc) level degrees in aerospace engineering.

As part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership, the UK aerospace industry and Government have committed £3 million each over three years to help recruit talented people who want to build careers in aerospace, but need financial backing to study at Masters level. A bursary will be available for students to cover the cost of tuition fees up to a maximum of £9,500. 

The scheme is open to both exisiting aerospace employees already qualified to graduate level and working in industry looking to up-skill, and undergraduate students currently studying at university. Those students will be encouraged to make direct links with aerospace businesses to undertake projects to address the challenges faced by industry, and secure opportunities for work experience and future employment.

UK companies sponsoring the scheme are: BAE Systems, Bombardier Aerospace Belfast, EADS/Airbus, Finmeccanica, GKN, MBDA Missile Systems, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Rolls-Royce and Spirit AeroSystems.

For full details visit www.raeng.org.uk/aeromsc and for eligible courses: http://www.raeng.org.uk/education/pdf/Eligible_MSc_programmes.pdf

Please note that the MSc Aerospace Bursary scheme is not administered through the Centennial Fund.